HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (9)

”Partners of people who have a sexually transmitted infection need to be tested and treated as well.”

”She doesn’t have it,” he said.

”And you think so because you are not having sex with her?”

”Of course we are having sex…”

”So do you use a condom?”


”So she might have caught it from you.”
He was silent.
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”Chlamydia infection can be serious for women, you see. It can cause infertility, constant pelvic pain, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies.The good news is that it can be easily treated with antibiotics if detected early and then it wouldn’t have a chance to cause the things I have mentioned.”

”Well, this was two years ago and I am not going to drag this up now. My wife will kill me!”

”I understand. We can help though. When a patient has a sexually transmitted infection but is unable to tell their partner, with their permission, we can send a general text to the partner explaining that they may have been at risk of an infection and encouraging them to come for testing. This is called ‘Partner Notification’.

”I see.”

”Would you like us to do that for you?”

”I will have to think about that,” Dike replied.

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HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (6)

“Did you use a sterile needle to inject the heroin?”

“I can’t remember to be honest, my friend just made up the shot and helped me inject it,” Dike replied.

“So how long ago was this?”

“About 20 years ago.”

“Have you had a test for HIV or hepatitis since then?”


“Well, it’s good you are here now. We can check and let you know your status.


A few more questions, if that’s okay? Have you ever had a sexually transmitted infection?”

He frowned as he thought about it.
“Thats gonorrhoea….isn’t it?” He asked.

“Gonorrhoea is just one of the sexually transmitted infections,” I replied,”but there are others like chlamydia…”

“Yes! I’ve had that!’ He exclaimed.

Did you know that people infected with a sexually transmitted infection like chlamydia, pubic lice, genital warts or syphilis are 2-5 times more likely to acquire HIV infection if exposed to the virus?